NEWS

Social, environmental, local problems leave youngsters cold

All young people, irrespective of educational level, regard unemployment as their most important problem (46 percent of school pupils, 50 percent of university students, and 35 percent of postgraduate students). Drugs are next in importance for school pupils (30.6 percent), followed by psychological problems (7.1 percent). Major problems after unemployment for students in higher education are drugs (14.3 percent) and finding a suitable mate (10.5 percent). For postgraduate students, war (20 percent) and psychological problems (15 percent) trail unemployment. Social, environmental and local problems leave them cold, as do politics, political institutions and politicians, distrusted by 87 percent. Over 25 percent feel indifference to politicians, are disappointed in them (20 percent), or lack faith in them (18.6 percent). Only 4 percent of young people are active in political organizations and 3 percent in humanitarian ones. But unemployment (for 40 percent) and quality of education (for 25 percent) would affect any political choices.